georgia

Hurricane Michael Damage to Georgia Agriculture

Dan Cotton, Economy, Forestry, Georgia, Industry News Release, Peanuts, Poultry, Specialty Crops, Vegetables

“Unfortunately, our worst thoughts were realized. We saw months and sometimes years of work just laid over on the ground in a matter of seconds. Georgia has long led in the production of several renowned commodities and now we have the dubious distinction of also leading in the devastation and incredible loss of these prominent crops. These are generational losses …

forest

UF/IFAS-Developed $50 Device May Help Multibillion Forest Industry

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release, Research

By developing a simple, $50 trap, University of Florida scientists can gather spores from a pathogen of pine trees and hopefully help prevent diseases from causing more harm to the multibillion-a-year forest industry. Millions of pine trees dot the southern landscape, and they’re susceptible to many diseases, including pitch canker, said Tania Quesada, an assistant research scientist with the UF …

termite

UF Study: Large Termite Colonies Less Vulnerable to Sprays Than Baits

Dan Florida, Forestry, Research

Liquid sprays don’t control large subterranean termite colonies as well as baits, giving more credence to the benefits of baits as a way to minimize the bugs’ damage to structures, a new University of Florida study shows. Formosan and Asian subterranean termites are responsible for most of the $32 billion in economic damage to structures worldwide, UF Institute of Food …

forestry

Alachua County Team Wins 3rd in National 4-H Forestry Invitational

Dan Education, Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

What is the principal softwood used for lumber in Massachusetts? On what continent are maples most abundant? What is a liquid product of wood that is used in mixing paints?* At the 39th National 4-H Forestry Invitational, a team of four local high school students went head to head with teams from across the country to answer these questions and …

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Signup Batching Deadline Announced for Alabama’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Landscape Initiatives

Dan Alabama, Forestry, USDA-NRCS

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist for Alabama Ben Malone announced that October 19, 2018 is the signup batching date for producers for 2019 program funding for the following national landscape initiatives: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) which includes only 3 national landscape initiatives identified below. These include: Gopher Tortoise Habitat Improvement: includes forestry practices and prescribed burning for pre-commercial thinning. …

Blackwater

Blackwater River State Forest Expands

Dan Florida, Forestry

Thanks to funding from the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Navy, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that the Blackwater River State Forest will expand by 800 acres due to the acquisition of the Florida Forever Project Area Wolfe Creek Forest. The Florida Forest Service partnered with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Santa Rosa County, the Naval …

congressman

Congressman Yoho on Longleaf Pine Initiative

Dan Alabama, Florida, Forestry, USDA-NRCS

Landowners across the Southeast are always encouraged to take part in the Longleaf Pine Initiative through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). And during a recent interview with Southeast AgNet, U.S. Congressman and member of the House Agriculture Committee, Ted Yoho from Florida, talked about their efforts to include even more pine species in the initiative. Congressman Yoho on Longleaf …

usda

USDA Forest Service Announces New Strategy for Improving Forest Conditions

Dan Forestry, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) announced a new strategy for managing catastrophic wildfires and the impacts of invasive species, drought, and insect and disease epidemics. Specifically, a new report titled Toward Shared Stewardship across Landscapes: An Outcome-based investment Strategy (PDF, 3.7 MB) outlines the USFS’s plans to work more closely with states to identify landscape-scale priorities for targeted treatments in …